During the spring, fall and cooler weekends in the summer, camp sites at the North Fruita Desert recreation area in Colorado burst at the seams with overnight visitors.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported that to benefit traveling mountain bikers, hikers and motocross riders, Bureau of Land Management recently expanded its North Fruita Desert campground, located approximately 10 miles north of Fruita. The site featured 35 campsites before the expansion and has now been expanded to 55, with more sites in the works. Overnight camping spots feature access to vault toilets, designated barbecues and picnic tables. Due to the campground’s limited size, visitors were often forced to utilize open space managed by BLM, which was undeveloped.

“We tend to go out with larger groups and it works well for that,” Jody Corey said, a Steamboat Springs resident who utilizes the camping in North Fruita two to three times a year for the past decade. “What they have done with the improvements have been great.”

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